So you need legal assistance and can’t afford it?
Then here’s a list of WNY legal resources where the service they provide is at little or no cost.
Client Advocacy Service
A public interest legal advocacy center providing civil legal representation to mental health clients 18 years and older for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Public Assistance, Medicaid & Food Stamps. Also provides legal information & advice to consumers, families and professionals.
Clinical Legal Education Program – Securities Clinic
Representation of small investors.
Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Inc.
Civil legal advice & representation by volunteer attorneys for low income individuals. Legal advice & representation for non-profit groups assisting the poor, the elderly, the handicapped, the disabled, etc.
Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo Inc
Legal representation & advice on housing for City of Buffalo residents only; on family matters & consumer issues for all of Erie County; to juveniles in family court; to defendants on criminal matters in Buffalo City Court; and to persons convicted of felonies in Erie County.
Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of WNY Inc.
Legal services for problems with health care, social security, health care insurances (Medicare & Medicaid), Medicare Part D, nursing home & hospital issues, grandparents rights, protective services, mortgage foreclosures and predatory lending. Also handles housing problems such as tax foreclosures, housing violations, & tenant/landlord issues (City of Buffalo residents only).
Neighborhood Legal Services
www.nls.org (Legal Services)
Handicapped rights, legal advice/representation to developmentally disabled & others. Family problems-child snatching, victims of domestic violence, housing problems-landlord/tenant, housing discrimination, public, etc. Entitlements-welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, SSI, utilities. PAMII – Protection Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals. Vocational rehabilitation – assistive technology issues.
New York Civil Liberties Union
Provides public education, advocacy and legal counsel for those whose civil liberties have been violated by the government, legislators, or public officials, such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to demonstrate, equal protection & due process of law.
New York State – Mental Hygiene Legal Service
Statutorily established to provide legal services & assistance to persons within the mental health and mental retardation/developmental disability systems who are subjects of commitment, involuntary care & treatment, guardianship & substituted decision-making proceedings, as well as related advocacy.
Prisoners Legal Services of New York Buffalo Office
Civil legal representation for indigent state inmates including disciplinary hearings, sentencing problems, jail time, civil rights & constitutional matters.
WNY Law Center Inc
Housing discrimination complaints, mortgage foreclosures and complaints about disability discrimination that are not in litigation.